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Old 04-15-2019, 05:58 AM
 
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For folks that have lived in them, what are the pros and cons of living in a gated community? Do you give up pizza and Amazon delivery forever? Are they actually (factually) safer? What did you like and not like about them?
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:14 AM
 
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We've lived in both. You'll probably pay some premium in HOA fees for a gated community, it could be considerable. There's a difference between an unmanned card key automated gate community, and a 24/7 manned gatehouse community - and the latter will be more expensive to pay for "security" personnel. And the security personnel aren't going to be law enforcement people, they're usually low paid civilians in uniform for show and info, more than protection.

Perimeter protection away from the gate(s) varies considerably too - some have fences/walls a child could climb, others have substantial walls that would required a more determined entrant.

I'm not a fan of gated communities, and I wouldn't seek one out (if anything, I'd consider it a negative), but I wouldn't rule out buying a home in one if I really liked the house-location-neighborhood.

You'll definitely have fewer solicitors, fewer porch pirates, fewer incidents of simple vandalism and less traffic. For more serious crimes, they may be a little safer, but they're by no means immune. Criminals assume there are valuables inside, there are usually areas they can get in on foot (e.g. climb a fence well away from the gate), and there aren't going to be as many witnesses around other than residents. With all the pizza delivery, landscapers/pest control, Uber/Lyft drivers, housekeeping, contractors and delivery personnel who are given key code access, inevitably criminals can get access too. If it's a key card gated community you have to be home, or give the outsider your access code. Where my Dad lived, some housekeepers were forced to share access to his neighborhood by criminal relatives.

It may not be broadly true, but in my experience SFH gated communities tend to attract a disproportionate number of seniors. That will appeal to some, but not to others - if you have small kids, they might not have as many playmates.

https://www.thetruthaboutrealty.com/...d-communities/

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Old 04-15-2019, 12:05 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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You'll definitely have fewer solicitors, fewer porch pirates, fewer incidents of simple vandalism and less traffic. For more serious crimes, they may be a little safer, but they're by no means immune. Criminals assume there are valuables inside, there are usually areas they can get in on foot (e.g. climb a fence well away from the gate), and there aren't going to be as many witnesses around other than residents. With all the pizza delivery, landscapers/pest control, Uber/Lyft drivers, housekeeping, contractors and delivery personnel who are given key code access, inevitably criminals can get access too. If it's a key card gated community you have to be home, or give the outsider your access code. Where my Dad lived, some housekeepers were forced to share access to his neighborhood by criminal relatives. [/url]
Along this line, I've had relatives who lived in a gated apartment development (somewhat upscale) and lots of people left their car doors unlocked, when they probably wouldn't have had the apartments not been gated. Unfortunately, criminals know this and can also gain entry pretty easily and I do know of a larceny incident that happened for this very reason. This was in Greensboro, not Charlotte, but I don't know why it would be any different in Charlotte.
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:32 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Cool Isnt Gated Community mean 3rd world

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For folks that have lived in them, what are the pros and cons of living in a gated community? Do you give up pizza and Amazon delivery forever? Are they actually (factually) safer? What did you like and not like about them?
Isnt Gated Community mean 3rd world?
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:52 PM
 
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We've owned in several HOA's and one didn't have a gate then 9 years later added a gate and attitudes changed into "condo commanders" although it was a mix of condo and single family homes. I have never seen so many uneducated (as far as what the by-laws stated) people on boards as in HOA's. And they act like the HOA treasury is theirs to spend as they wish.

I cannot ever live in a gated community again, HOA is "maybe" leaning to "no". I'd have to be so old as to not care any more. It is actually socialism in a capitalistic form, group of people pooling funds and then using the money for everyone's benefit. Only it does not actually happen that way.

Crime? We called our gated community the "low security prison" haha. Consider this, do you actually know who is living next to you or down the street? Have you done a sex offender search for your neighborhood? Gates don't keep them out when they own there. Plus, richer people commit crimes too y'know and some don't have a record because their attorney got them off.

I'll take my chances outside the gate. When the zombies mobilize they'll head for the castle gates first.
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Old 04-19-2019, 05:51 AM
 
Location: Davidson, NC
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I currently live in a single home gated community of about 80 homes. This is my first neighborhood with an HOA and while I'm not thrilled with all the decisions they make it sounds like that is not exclusive to it being a gated community.

That said this has been my experience:
You will still get your pizzas and amazon packages.
Very few if any solicitors.
All the good and bad of having private roads (you get to drive golf carts, 4 wheelers, etc... on them, you also get to pay for the up keep of them)
You will have friends/guests that are apparently incapable of entering a 4 digit code no matter how many times you text it to them.
You will find certain services will try to charge a premium once you mention the words "gate code" because you must be rich.
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Old 04-19-2019, 08:04 AM
 
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Hotrod makes valid points.

We currently have a summer home in a gated community and our permanent home in a non-gated community.

Other than individual personalities, we see little difference between the two HOA's.

We too have those acquaintances that cannot seem to master the 4 digit and a pound key code. We are slowly winnowing those friends/relatives out of our invitee list.

When the private roads need paving the HOA makes a special assessment to cover the cost. Same goes for gate repairs or the gate telephone keypad connection and wifi bill. Most normal landscaping of common areas is an HOA dues function, but special assessments have been levied for non-yearly landscaping (tree trimming/removal, fencing, stone pillars, etc.)

Once the mail service, delivery personnel, real estate professionals, snow plow and landscapers got the keypad code, it spread like wildfire and now most people, residents or not, that wish to "tour" the enclave just press in the "universally distributed" code and drive in with no restriction. (I made a motion to shoot at them with paintball guns, but for some strange reason it was unanimously rejected at the yearly HOA meeting.)

Crime is about the same in either location.

While I don't know it to be a fact (before our time), it is rumored the neighborhood regulars had to make a legal agreement with the local school system to drive their buses into the neighborhood over the private roads for student pickups.
Something to do with liability on privately owned roads and driveways.
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Old 04-20-2019, 10:54 AM
 
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I currently live in a single home gated community of about 80 homes. This is my first neighborhood with an HOA and while I'm not thrilled with all the decisions they make it sounds like that is not exclusive to it being a gated community.

That said this has been my experience:
You will still get your pizzas and amazon packages.
Very few if any solicitors.
All the good and bad of having private roads (you get to drive golf carts, 4 wheelers, etc... on them, you also get to pay for the up keep of them)
You will have friends/guests that are apparently incapable of entering a 4 digit code no matter how many times you text it to them.
You will find certain services will try to charge a premium once you mention the words "gate code" because you must be rich.
All of this. Especially about the code. Itís 4 numbers people, not the formula for cold fusion.
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